Hurricane Irene Tracking

The New York Times has this easy to follow graphic Hurricane Irene Tracker where you can follow the storm's progress, estimate the time it will hit various places, and at what strength.

Washington, DC is slated to greet Irene at 8 am Saturday morning. President Obama is leaving Martha's Vineyard a day early. In North Carolina, Irene has been downgraded to a Cat 2. A lot of power outages are expected.

What are you doing to prepare? What online sites are you following for updates? The National Hurricane Center is here. And will there be any other news to follow over the next few days?

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    If/when you buy bottled water (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 12:51:26 PM EST
    and you probably should have some around the house, go read my comment on the prior thread, here.

    BTW, one case of bottled water is enough for one person for six days, assuming a relatively non-Spartan ration of one gallon per person per day.

    And if the power/water aren't on and dafe after 6 days, it's heckofajobBrownie time again.

    Hopefully (none / 0) (#4)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 12:57:39 PM EST
    the gov is standing by with water and supplies and will get in quicker than heckofajobBrownie did if needed . . .

    OOPS - make that three days (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:05:03 PM EST
    at a gallon per person per day.

    Still - one case per person should be enough at the maximum.


    Even More Than That... (none / 0) (#7)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:26:54 PM EST
    ... if it's hot.  Here near 100, and 100% humidity the day after Ike and without AC is was brutal.

    Instead of mentioning how much they need, just say get as much as humanely possible, double your estimates.  Someone you know will need it if you get too much.

    The surge will breach the water supply.  It will not be safe to use after boiling it, which would be impracticable without gas/electricity.  A portable stove isn't capable of boiling the amount of water one needs, much less a family.

    The water here was brown and reeked like garbage.  It wasn't safe for use for at least a month.


    Make sure your laundry is done. (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by cpresley on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:33:35 PM EST
    I know this sounds silly, but if you don't have power or water for a while you start running out of clothes.

    And all cleaning is done :) (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:55:52 PM EST
    Any other news? Keep eyes on DC (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by BobTinKY on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:16:27 PM EST
    they love to data dump their worst stuff at times like these.

    Misc preparations (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by koshembos on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:38:01 PM EST
    Move in all pots, chairs, tables to a covered and solid place. Have flash lights and candles. Prepare food you can eat with heating in case of power and gas failures. Fill large pots or bathtub with water.

    Have several books to read.

    It occurs to me (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by andgarden on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:42:41 PM EST
    that I am lucky to have gas burners and a book of matches for if/when the power goes out.

    Get a box of matches. Trust me on that one . . . (none / 0) (#15)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:59:12 PM EST
    also, those sabbath candles that you can pu by the big box at most corner stores are perfect to have on hand and they burn fairly long.

    Having a gas stove is great. I won't cook on anything else (except a grill!), and they come in handy during power out.


    One time I used a flashlight (none / 0) (#19)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:21:33 PM EST
    in my house when the power went out -- it was just my house that went out -- within 20 minutes the police were at my door saying a neighbor had been worried the house was being burglarized by someone using a flashlight. I have wondered since if I would have let them in if they had asked and ignored the most fundamental advice I give everyone else not to let police in without a warrant. I'm glad they didn't ask to come in. But ever since, I never walk around with a flashlight on. I always have the candles and matches ready and accessible.

    Maybe I should look into some candles (none / 0) (#21)
    by andgarden on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:23:34 PM EST
    They're not items I tend to keep on hand!

    I think you should (none / 0) (#25)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:30:16 PM EST
    and put them on your tables, kitchen and bathroom counters, dressers, etc with an open box of long kitchen safety matches beside them (so you don't burn your fingers trying to light them)

    You also might want to get an ice chest and big bag of ice in case power goes out along with your fridge/freezer.


    I'll see what I can find (none / 0) (#26)
    by andgarden on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:33:08 PM EST
    I think I'm going to have to pass on the ice chest, though. It would probably take up half my kitchen.

    I can get by on non-perishables until the power comes back on.


    and also (none / 0) (#51)
    by Madeline on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:02:06 PM EST
    Tracker indicates that you will have 98 mph winds. That's better than a Cat 3. I too have been in several of these in Fl, 98 is very, very windy.

    I don't want to be preachy but you might consider knowing where a shelter is. Sorry but concerned.


    ah, you are obviously not a woman (none / 0) (#56)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:37:59 PM EST
    with many friends involved in PartyLite!

    Similiar Experience w/ the Alarm (none / 0) (#62)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:58:05 PM EST
    Like 6 in the mourning and a maybe 10 people over, somehow the alarm went off.  I shut it off in like 10 seconds, but a couple minutes later, the Sheriff at my door.

    He didn't ask to come it, but I did open the door and it was pretty obvious what was going on.  I'd like to think I would tell him no, but I wouldn't bet on it.  And unlike you, there probably would have been some in plain view arrests, no there would have been w/o a doubt.

    Not sure how that works, I assume if no one makes a claim it would be mine because it was my place.


    Also, (none / 0) (#43)
    by bocajeff on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:20:22 PM EST
    having been through a few of these in Florida, the Yahrtzeit (memorial) candles work great. 24 hours, nice glow, and you don't have to worry about them falling over....

    Also, the glow lights kids like to play with and make necklaces and bracelets. great for bathrooms, door knobs, etc...


    My husband called me to see if we (none / 0) (#20)
    by vml68 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:22:33 PM EST
    should consider evacuating and I said no. Told him we should be fine and the most likely problem we will have is no electricity for a few days and that cooking might be an issue. His solution... buy lots of cold cuts so we can have sandwiches. Yeah, 'cos cold cuts are what I want to be eating when we don't have electricity... :-0!!

    Speaking of cooking, we have a gas cookstove but it needs electricity for the ignition? to spark. Is it safe to light it with matches?


    Uhhh. . . (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by andgarden on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:24:42 PM EST
    All I can say is that my family was always able to use matches to light the stove when the power went out. YMMV.

    Don't let the gas flow for any length of time without lighting it up!


    Thanks. I thought you could (none / 0) (#27)
    by vml68 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:37:24 PM EST
    but wanted some confirmation. Since we are renting this place, I don't want to take the risk of damaging anything.

    yes (none / 0) (#31)
    by CST on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:41:33 PM EST
    the key is - if you do this, be prepared with matches in hand.  The worst thing possible is to leave the gas running and don't light it.

    If you're afraid of burning your hand, use a piece of paper and light that first, but using a match directly really shouldn't be a problem.

    Honestly, I'm not nearly as prepared as everyone here is talking about, but we are pretty much expecting NC and NY to take the brunt of it, by the time it gets up here it shouldn't be too bad.

    Plus, about 1.5 years ago we had the rainiest spring on record, so people are more or less prepared for flooding.  And this past winter we had 6' of snow by February, plus the sustained winds of nor'easters, so any trees that were gonna fall, probably fell already.  I expect MA to come out of this relatively unscathed.  My friends in Far Rockaway on the other hand... have already evacuated.


    It may depend on the make of the stove, (none / 0) (#29)
    by KeysDan on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:37:49 PM EST
    In our case, when the electricity is out, we can start the gas range with matches.  It is my understanding that some models have a safety device that shuts off the gas if the electrical spark does not work--there usually is an override.  If you still have your manual, it should give the information needed.

    Stove will work (none / 0) (#30)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:39:52 PM EST
    I now have one with the electric spark thingy and I've used matches in a power outage. My gas heater worked also (as did water heater), and it seemed to be working off the thermostat . . . go figure.

    They may ask people to not use gas until they check to make sure lines are safe (what they do after an earthquake), but once you get the all clear, it's time to start cooking for your friends ;)


    My roommate (none / 0) (#34)
    by jbindc on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:50:36 PM EST
    tested this out last night on our gas stove.  Turn the gas on very low.  He lit it with one of those "flame starters" that you have around for fireplaces or candles.

    Don't Count on It... (none / 0) (#65)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:09:58 PM EST
    ... they shut the gas off as a precautionary right when they figured out it was going to hit us direct.

    But they told us that was a good possibility.  Probably depends on the infrastructure of your city and how hard it hits.


    Hurricane safety tip: (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by KeysDan on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:11:09 PM EST
    Pick-up a copy of "In My Time", by D. Cheney with L. Cheney.  Then, the hot air inside your home will equalize the external conditions.  (Note: "pick-up" as in the old recipe for  Hungarian goulash: First, steal two eggs, then add the browned  meat...;) ).

    My hope is that everyone of you (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by caseyOR on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:12:30 PM EST
    in Irene's path comes out of this in decent shape. It's a pretty smart bunch here, so odds are most are taking all necessary precautions. Still, the best laid plans, . . .

    So, be careful and be safe.  

    I feel left out (5.00 / 3) (#23)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:24:52 PM EST
    being in 95 degree sunny weather in Colorado. So please, share your stories. And yes, everyone stay safe. (I have a feeling it won't be as bad as predicted, and I hope I'm right.)

    As a spectator, I'm looking forward to see Anderson Cooper being blown sideways by winds, it's almost a yearly tradition...but I wonder if, with his new show in the works, he won't be out in the field reporting this one.

    I wouldn't want you to feel left out.... (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by vml68 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:29:13 PM EST
    how about we trade places for a few days... :-)

    also don't forget to charge all your devices (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:37:39 PM EST
    cameras, laptops, cell phones and any extra batteries you have. And put new batteries in your land line phones if your phones are the kind that plug in to power outlets as well as telephone jacks.

    If you have an iPod or iPad with 3G, download some apps for live radio stations and your local tv stations so if the power goes out and there's no cable or radio or wifi in your house, you can listen or watch through your device.

    During the black-out .... (none / 0) (#35)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:51:35 PM EST
    a few years ago, everyone in my building was using my phone.  Because I was the only one to have a back-up phone that didn't require power.

    That's one bit of prep they never talk about.  But it's good to pick up a cheap slimline radio shack phone, toss in a drawer, and it's there if you ever need it.


    Text instead of call is the new advice (none / 0) (#47)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:39:05 PM EST
    texting from your cell takes up much less whatever, so during an emergency, if more folks go to text, the less the lines will overload. Or so they said after the NE quake :)

    less bandwidth (or something) in use (none / 0) (#60)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:51:58 PM EST
    when texting vs talking. Many times, cell outages during an emergency are not from towers going down, but usage. Anyway, that's what they said on the news the other night after the quake. I would not have thought to text vs call in an emergency, nor would I have thought to text if I couldn't get a cell call through.

    The issue is time of trasmitting (none / 0) (#68)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:28:51 PM EST
    very little with Text. Much longer with voice.

    We have what we refer to as our dumb phone. (none / 0) (#66)
    by cpresley on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:12:06 PM EST
    Its from the good old days when the phone was only plugged into the phone jack.The power goes out you unplug the smart phone ( because with no power the smart phone is really stupid:)), and plug in the dumb phone. Instance phone service. Now if your phone lines are down also, make sure your cell phone is charged.

    I have a box full of old (5.00 / 1) (#84)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 07:58:58 PM EST
    ATT phones that don't use electricity, some are even two line ones. Guess I won't throw them away after all.

    I call those our "blizzard phones" (none / 0) (#87)
    by Towanda on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 08:37:19 PM EST
    in our climate, after the same experience of having the wireless handset phones go out, hours after the electricity did so.

    So I found the box of old phones in the attic, which was going to get thrown out.  Nope, now those phones are kept in handier place for the blizzard weather -- and tornado weather.

    The storms in all seasons are the reasons that I never see us going only to cell phones.


    Best Buy sells (none / 0) (#69)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:32:07 PM EST
    battery supplies that will run the various type phones for quite awhile, especially if that's all you are running. About $100.00

    As a side benefit it acts as a great voltage/surge protector for the computer, Modem/Router, etc.


    Yup, I have one too (none / 0) (#70)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:37:05 PM EST
    easiest altretnative!

    Red push button desk phone circa 1983 (none / 0) (#73)
    by caseyOR on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:44:24 PM EST
    I've had this phone since the early '80s. It still works great, and, should anyone nefarious ever break into my home during a disaster, well, it is a very heavy piece of equipment that is well-suited to smacking someone upside the head. Yes, it harkens back to the days when telephones were hunks of metal covered in almost indestructible plastic.

    If it is a key phone it will still need (none / 0) (#74)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:57:58 PM EST
    a/c, but maybe the primary line will work.

    I'd check it.


    A smart land line with an answering (none / 0) (#75)
    by MO Blue on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:59:34 PM EST
    machine is an easy way to find out if you have power from a remote location (i.e. if you have to evacuate). The answering machine needs electricity to work so if it responds when you call home you have power. No answer no power.  

    I think my "cranial" barometer is (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Anne on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:48:39 PM EST
    reacting to the changes in pressure already - I'm getting a wicked headache.

    Here in MD, the forecast has pushed the timetable for Irene's arrival up by about 12 hours, and we are looking to get the worst of the storm between 5 and 10 pm tomorrow - but we will have rain all day and well into the night.  Sustained winds forecast at 35-50mph with gusting higher.

    Barring any trees falling on the house - and there are quite a few that could do that - I know we will come through okay, but the big question is, will the power stay on?  If not, I think it's going to be a while before we get it back.  Reports are that the local stores have been picked clean of things like water, ice, batteries, etc., so don't know if it even makes sense for me to stop at the store on the way home.  

    We always keep water on hand, and we have plenty of food, really, in what I call the Armageddon Pantry - we aren't going to starve.  I just bought charcoal for the grill last weekend, so there's plenty of that, too.

    Cell phones will get fully charged, and we'll be as prepared as we can be and hope for the best.

    I hope everyone stays safe and comes through the storm with minimal difficulty!

    My relatives live (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by athyrio on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:59:52 PM EST
    on an island in the Chesapeake Bay (Gwynn Island) and are evacuating as we speak...scary stuff...

    I'm in FL now and if (none / 0) (#53)
    by Madeline on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:12:04 PM EST
    she had hit us in WPB, it would have been terrible.
    Funny though, and hate to admit this, but when I go through these things and they miss you after all the preparation, and the adrenaline rush, it's kind of a let down. Glad is missed but have to go run for an hour to get all that energy out. We got some nice waves though.

    When it passed, we had 30, 40 mph gusts and heavy rain for about hour +. I think she was apx 200 miles off shore.  


    We have 453 bottles of water on hand (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:01:12 PM EST
    27 gallons of gas for our generator (which I had to disassemble the carburetor in order to get working four hours later) and a bunch of flashlights, and a crank radio.  We are as ready as we can be.  

    Now you should throw in the freezer (none / 0) (#40)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:07:02 PM EST
    as many of those bottles of water as you can fit, so you can have that many bottles of ice in a few hours.

    Which you can then use for all the purposes for which ice is handy.

    And put a strap of masking tape or duct tape across both the fridge and freezer doors, so they don't inadvertently swing open or stay ajar.


    good idea (none / 0) (#45)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:30:16 PM EST
    The frozen bottles of water (none / 0) (#48)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:40:17 PM EST
    work great - we use them on fishing trips both to keep the beer cold and, when they melt, to drink.  (Can't drink beer all the time.)

    You can refreeze them as many times as you want, and if you mark them properly after refilling them with dubious water, stil use them for ice.  


    What? You wait until a siren sounds (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by Towanda on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:01:58 PM EST
    to cover windows with boards or tape?

    I wound think that when a siren sounds, it's not the time to head out with the ladder, the sheets of plywood (not fun in high winds), etc. . . .

    Oh, and yes, double the stupidity of doing so if drunk.

    Heh ... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:31:34 PM EST
    and I read it as snark.

    That probably says more about me.  ;)

    Maybe it's not (none / 0) (#11)
    by CoralGables on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:39:32 PM EST
    it is after all a legal site. Given it was a first time poster though I felt somewhat safe.

    it was spam and (none / 0) (#18)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:16:25 PM EST
    I deleted it. Thanks for pointing it out.

    That is a great tool (none / 0) (#13)
    by sj on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 01:44:56 PM EST
    Thank you.  Bookmarking and passing it on to family and friends.

    Concur on the "stay sober" (none / 0) (#36)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:00:17 PM EST
    Follow the old soldiers' maxim:

    Never pass on a chance to eat, sleep, change your socks, sleep, use the latrine (said more piquantly in the original), sleep, refill your canteen, sleep, clean our weapon, sleep, change your underwear, sleep, improve your position, sleep....


    MSN has an interactive hurricane map ... (none / 0) (#39)
    by Yman on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:06:05 PM EST
    ... which allows you to zoom in to street level.  As of last night, it showed the center of the hurricane passing 3 blocks from our house.  Now it looks like it's passing several miles offshore, although this apparently means a larger storm surge and more flooding and damage.

    Do you have link to that? (none / 0) (#44)
    by sj on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:22:34 PM EST
    Didn't see it on their home page...

    Sure (none / 0) (#50)
    by Yman on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:46:22 PM EST
    T/U, Yman- I'm about 20 m inside the 74+ wind (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by jawbone on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:43:12 PM EST
    speed predictions as of right now.  Irene is currently predicted to be to the east of Manhattan, which should mean less wind and more rain. But, still, it's pretty close. (Location: Mid-northern NJ suboonia, in the crook of I-287 and I-80.)

    Best luck to everyone in the path of Irene!

    T/U to Jeralyn -- I'd been meaning to get my cell phone charged up and just did so after reading her remark.

    I am not yet done with the outdoor furniture.  That's kinda worrisome, but I do have a yard light, so can work on after dark.  I have to bring the deck TV inside, fer sure.

    Pretty astonishing NYC's MTA is completely shutting down! NJ's transit system as well.

    The heavy rains lately mean it will be easier for the winds to knock down trees, so losing electricity may be a given. Drat. And losing big trees will be sad.

    Of course, lots can change between now and predicted highest winds in the post midnight h ours of Sunday morning. (TV just said gusts to 80 mph.)


    If this map is to be trusted (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by Peter G on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 08:37:13 PM EST
    we in Philly are about 5-15 miles west of the western edge of the hurricane zone, as it passes through New Jersey Sunday, and therefore "just" due for a "tropical storm."  Likewise our daughter in Astoria, Queens, NYC.  Very interesting; thanks for the link. Not sure how much that difference matters exactly.  

    The map (none / 0) (#54)
    by Madeline on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:24:58 PM EST
    seems to project that those north of NC may not get it as bad.  That's good news.

    I hope so (none / 0) (#59)
    by Yman on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:47:47 PM EST
    Last I heard, it was supposed to weaken slightly after NC as it came up the coast, but still be plenty ugly.  My town just issued a mandatory evac, so we're headed to higher ground in the Poconos tonight.

    Hurricane and flood humor (none / 0) (#49)
    by scribe on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 03:42:58 PM EST
    Noah's Ark Moving Co. spotted working today at a Hudson riverfront condo complex in Hoboken.

    I would not want to be in Hoboken today or for this storm.  The mayor had a news conference this afternoon at which she said:  "Get out tonight.  Get out tomorrow."  That town will be under water before this is over.

    In case all else fails.... (none / 0) (#57)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:41:06 PM EST
    I just heard that you should keep an index card with your name, address, SSN, and next of kin's phone number in your left shoe.

    that cracked me up (none / 0) (#61)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 04:56:02 PM EST
    what a thought. For those who re going that far, you might as well stick your health insurance card in there too in case you end up at a hospital.

    I had dog tags made after 911 (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:40:34 PM EST
    as my friend pointed out, men have a wallet in their pocket, women can be separated from their purse.  We put name, dob and our parents name/number (neither of our parents have changed phone numbers in about 30yrs, lol!~). We wanted them to be able to know as soon as possible if we were lying around dead somewhere after a disaster . . .

    I was thinking that too. . . (none / 0) (#67)
    by andgarden on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:13:35 PM EST
    Excellent point about the insurance card. (none / 0) (#71)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:39:41 PM EST
    I think it was a local sherrif's half-sarcastic advice to some people that were refusing evacuation, but it probably is a good idea!

    Considered doing a "Hurricane Party" ... (none / 0) (#64)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:00:14 PM EST
    but storm hits NYC at 2am.  So the logistics don't work.  

    My building is having one (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by sj on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 11:37:09 PM EST
    It will be nice to not be alone if it ends up being a big deal.  If I can take my dog, I am so there.

    Hurricanes spawn tornadoes (none / 0) (#76)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:05:54 PM EST
    So keep alert. If you are warned, go into a central room or basement. Keep away from windows. Open a window to help equalize the pressure if there is a direct hit.

    Don't hesitate. They happen quick and are deadly.

    Roller skates, anyone? (none / 0) (#77)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:06:12 PM EST
    Mayor Bloomberg of NYC has order the evacuations of certain parts of the city.

    He has also announced that the City will be shutting down the transportation system.

    Flee as you are.

    Won't the buses still be running? (none / 0) (#79)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:56:55 PM EST
    The subway I can see shutting down early, but they may run buses longer, especially out of evac areas.

    Hmm, I just realized the animal shelter I used to hang at is prob evacuating. They're right on the river . . .


    I was (none / 0) (#82)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 07:44:25 PM EST
    wondering about the opposite...

    Why shut down the subways - they're underground...

    Incidentally, when I lived in NYC, my cat received very good treatment at the Animal Medical Center..



    Flooding. (none / 0) (#83)
    by caseyOR on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 07:49:12 PM EST
    My understanding is that NYC expects the subways to flood from the storm surge. Best not to have trains and people trapped underground when that happens.

    That's (none / 0) (#85)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 08:31:46 PM EST
    something else I remember from New York.

    When it rains, it floods.
    Even a light rain caused huge stalls on the East River Drive.

    You often needed oars to cross the street.

    Apparently they still haven't done much to correct it.


    They better hope it doesn't (none / 0) (#88)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 08:40:48 PM EST
    as it will be salt water. Could mess things up for quite awhile . . .

    I hope (none / 0) (#78)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:40:33 PM EST
    everybody stays safe. It looks like it's not coming anywhere near metro Atlanta but we really could use the rain.

    Wilmington is not impressed. (none / 0) (#89)
    by lilburro on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 10:59:18 PM EST
    We'll see what comes in an hour and a half when it supposedly hits.  But we still have power (quite a few don't) and the wind isn't so bad ...hopefully this bodes well for all on the east.

    Trying to stay awake for a few more hours to see what happens.

    Dissapointing no evac. plan (none / 0) (#91)
    by oculus on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 02:30:43 AM EST
    for Rikers Island. Also disappointing Pres. Obama appointed an underling of Brownie to deal w/this possible disaster.